Former UConn player Ater Majok had a monster 30-point, 22-rebound double double to lead Luoyang Past Hunan 112-105 in the China NBL playoff quarterfinals.
The 6-11 forward shot 18-of-21 from the line, while also notching 4 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in the game.
Ye Zhao added 28 points for Luoyang in the do-or-die win which evened their best-of-five series at 2-2.
For Hunan, Terrell Stoglin (Maryland) poured in 30 points, while Arinze Onuaku (Syracuse) added 18 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
But the star of the game was Majok, a Sudanese native raised in Australia, who is averaging 20.5 points and a whopping 15.8 rebounds this season for Luoyang.
He comes from Lebanon’s LBL league where he led Homenetmen Beirut in rebounding, averaging 12.1 points and 11.4 boards this year.
Last season Majok was also in the China NBL when he averaged 26.9 points, 17.2 rebounds, and 3.9 blocks for Beijing and was named league’s Defensive Player of the Year.
A college player at UConn, Majok was second on the team in blocks as freshman in 2009-10, averaging 2.3 points, 3 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in his only season with the Huskies.
He was the 58th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers.
A high school star at American International, he averaged 28 points, 11 rebounds, and 7 rejections as a senior.
This month, the New Orleans Pelicans obtained the rights to Majok from the Chicago Bulls as part of a trade that sent small forward Quincy Pondexter and a second-round draft choice to Chicago.
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